Sony Xperia M4 Aqua arrives with a splash: the new mid-ranger

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua arrives with a splash: the new mid-ranger

Introduction


The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has just made its official debut at MWC 2015. The water-proof Sony handset represent the new and modern, 2015 mid-ranger by one of the best accepted brands globally.

The focus in the Xperia M4 Aqua falls on its water-proof capabilities, as the handset features the beautiful omni-balance design language at a more affordable price point than the current Xperia Z3 flagship and features protection when immersed in water up to 5 feet (1.5-meter) for as long as 30 minutes.

There's more to the M4 Aqua than just its protection from the elements, so let's with the technical details.

Specs at a quick glance:

Platform: Android 5.0 Lollipop
System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit chip
Camera: 13-megapixel rear with f/2 lens, 5MP selfie cam
Colors: White, Black, Coral, and Silver
Battery life: Two-day
Protection: IP65/8 rated

Design and display


The omnibalance design from the Xperia Z3 makes a trip to the lower price tiers, where the Xperia M4 Aqua holds a comfortable position, but rather than using metal and glass it seems that we have plastic all-around. The M4 Aqua is sleek and lightweight, tipping the scaled at just 4.8 oz (136g).

All of this is complemented with water protection certified with IP65/8 rating. What does that mean? When you make sure all protective flaps are closed you can easily take the M4 Aqua underwater at the swimming pool and take pictures as long as it's not immersed deeper than 5 feet for longer than 30 minutes.

Performance and processor


The Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 hums quietly under the hood of thte Xperia M4 Aqua. This remarkable piece of hardware is just a step down from the flagship-grade Snapdragon 810 system chip, but it's also an octa-core design and provides full 64-bit support. The CPU cores are stock ARM ones, and we expect benchmarks to put this handset not too far away from yesteryear's top devices in terms of performance.

With the improvements in Android 5.0 Lollipop, we expect to finally see 64-bit chips like the Snapdragon 615 truly shine.

Camera


Sony has equipped the M4 Aqua with a 13-megapixel camera with Superior Auto Mode that we've seen on the Xperia Z series. Superior Auto does exactly what it says - allows you to take great pictures without having to deal with any manual controls: just point and shoot. With the fast, f/2.0 lens combined with maximum ISO sensitivity boosted to 3200, the M4 Aqua also has powers to do very well in low-lit conditions.

The handset also features a 5-megapixel front cam for better, higher-res selfies.

Price and release date


The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua will arrive on store shelves this Spring in more than 80 countries (no word on U.S. availability, though) and 100 carriers with an official price tag of around $335 (299 euro) off contract.

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28 Comments

1. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

This is one of the few mid-rangers from Sony that I would want

8. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Hey wait, is the usb port really open? WOW no flap!

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I've been checking the display...and i don't see display resolution and size whatsoever! I'm thinking 4.6-5 inch no less than HD.

2. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

In the design and display section, you talked about price and water resistance! What about the display?! Not even in the specs at a glance?

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

It's a 5 inched HD screen...

3. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So no word on the screen?

4. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

For**

15. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

In gsmarena it was mentioned to be 5.2" 720p.So yes basically this is a stripped down Z3

5. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Was hoping it would have a 4.7 inch screen.. Wonder if the next Z4 (or Z5) Compact will get a bigger screen though. But right now I'm not sure if it's a worthy upgrade from my ZR. The flaps are starting to annoy me. :( Also, it's great that the whole lineup's specs sheet are getting better every year, from the E series to the M. What Sony needs now is to price them competitively if they want to stay in the competition.

25. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Since the z/zr the flaps improved greatly and the z3 flaps are also allot better than the ones from the z2. But with this m4 there is no flap for the microusb. So the thing you use most (3.5mm jack and charger) don't have a flap anymore

28. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I actually love the magnetic port on my Z3 Compact, I got 4 adapters from Amazon. Way more practical than even plugging the USB port

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 713; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Any UI review for the phone? I am hoping to glance through how Sony design their Lollipop UI

10. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

There's a lot on YouTube right now, if PA hasn't uploaded theirs.

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

display**

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

It really looks beautiful! Hope they won't release any uselss T and C series phones anymore, one M series is already enough for mid range.

11. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Agree, though maybe they will still go with T series for midrange phablets. Ideal lineup would be: E = E4/Dual & E4g M = M4/aqua T = T4 ultra Z = Z4/tablet/compact Plus with higher resolution FF cameras on every lineup there's no need to replace the C3.

27. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

T series is nice, the T2 Ultra is at least

12. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Excellently priced and solidly specced. Market the hell out of it!

14. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I've been looking for a SD615 phone for a while and i think this is the best for me.Galaxy A7's screen and price is just too big for me

16. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Open USB Port and still water proof? This my friends, fanboys and bashers is a God Tier feature to have.

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice phone.

19. ishamesung

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

32bit on sale...

20. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Then The Z4 MUST come with a flap-free usb port

21. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Finally! A great midranger from sony, 13mp+5mp cameras, microSD cards and wateroof. Now, what is the size of the battery?(removable or not?)

22. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Non removable 2400mAh according to http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_m4_aqua-7068.php in all fairness it's hard to do removable if they have to deliver IP65/8 for this phone.

23. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Win. This just shot right up to top of my list this year. Well done Sony. Now about that black One Max M9 though...get your s**t together HTC.

24. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

will be my second phone

26. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

Would have been a better phone with the MTK6752 soc instead of the inefficient snapdragon 615.

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